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how long should it take a cut on my finger to heal? i cut it in the kitchen last week and it is still a bit tender and sore.

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Dr. Rahil Malik
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Weeks: It truly depends on the severity of the cut (superficial vs deep) and how much protection that site is recieving --> is it constantly being irritated or are you protecting it with a bandage. Furthermore, if it is draining pus and looks reddened/swollen, you may have an inflammatory reaction going on due to presence of bacteria. Keep the area clean, protect it and it should heal.
Answered on Aug 28, 2016
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Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess answered
40 years experience Hand Surgery
2 weeks for most: Keep it clean and prevent infection. The time it takes to heal depends on the location (crease) and depth. Usully 2 weeks.
Answered on Jul 23, 2018
Dr. Michael Miller
36 years experience Wound care
Maximize healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.
Answered on Jan 27, 2017

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